Cross-Sectoral Associate Officer (Bilingual), Ontario Arts Council

The Ontario Arts Council is a publicly funded agency of Ontario’s Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. OAC’s primary purpose is to award grants to professional artists and arts organizations. We award grants to professional artists and arts organizations in support of our mandate to foster the creation and production of art of the benefit of all Ontarians.

Cross-Sectoral Associate Officer (Bilingual)

Competition #: 8-22
Deadline Date: February 13, 2023
Type of Position: Full-Time, Fixed-Term (1-year Contract)
Affiliation: Unionized Position
Salary: $59,263 – $89,771
Location: Toronto (Hybrid)

The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) requires an experienced arts administrator who has knowledge and expertise with a variety of arts disciplines to assume delegated program responsibility for assigned granting programs either in full or in part under the guidance of the responsible program officer(s).


  • Provide back-up support for program officers when additional assistance is required due to absences, work on special projects, and high-volume periods
  • Administer assigned granting programs and support the development of these programs with the responsible program officer
  • Conduct outreach and development for the arts communities represented by the assigned granting programs
  • Provide information, consultative advice and feedback to artists and arts organizations applying to the respective programs
  • Facilitate the peer assessment grants process
  • Present peer assessment grant recommendations to Director, CEO and potentially Board
  • Manage program budgets and program workflow
  • Attend events on evenings and weekends and occasional travel throughout Ontario to meet with artists and arts organizations who are served by the assigned programs

Summary of Key Qualifications:

  • Arts knowledge of multiple disciplines and sectors, including key issues and trends coming from sound and recognized credibility within the arts community
  • 3+ years of progressively more senior arts administration experience
  • Proficiency in verbal and written English, and bilingualism in verbal and written French at the advanced level is required
  • Experienced and knowledgeable in grant writing and public funding systems
  • Knowledge and experience as an applicant to the OAC and using Nova is an asset
  • Experience and knowledge of OAC’s grant application assessment process is an asset
  • Solid organizational and administrative practices and the ability to multi-task
  • Ability to communicate succinctly and persuasively in written, oral, and public presentation formats
  • Strong meeting facilitation skills and experience
  • Ability to work collaboratively and establish constructive rapport with diverse populations internally and externally
  • Critical thinker with sound judgement and initiative
  • Ability to analyze financial information pertaining to grant applications
  • Computer proficiency in MS Office Suite of programs as well as databases
  • Occasional evening, weekend and travel in Ontario may be required

Qualified candidates are invited to submit a cover letter and resume (please note that applications that do not include a cover letter will not be considered).


Ontario Arts Council is committed to building a skilled and diverse workforce. Applications from all qualified candidates are welcome and individuals from equity-seeking groups are encouraged to apply and indicate this in your application. OAC values a diversity of perspectives, ideas and lived experiences as an asset in serving Ontario’s communities.

While we thank all candidates for their interest, only those selected for interview will be contacted.

Please contact Human Resources at if you are unable to apply on-line and/or require accommodations during the recruitment process due to a disability.